The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
Series: As the World Dies #1
Published by Tor on August 14th, 2008
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Katie is driving to work one beautiful day when a dead man jumps into her car and tries to eat her. That same morning, Jenni opens a bedroom door to find her husband devouring their toddler son.
Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.
During their cross-Texas odyssey to find and rescue Jenni’s oldest son, Jenni discovers the joy of watching a zombie’s head explode when she shoots its brains out. Katie learns that she’s a terrific tactician—and a pretty good shot.
A chance encounter puts them on the road to an isolated, fortified town, besieged by zombies, where fewer than one hundred people cling to the shreds of civilization.
It looks like the end of the world. But Katie and Jenni and many others will do whatever they have to to stay alive. Run, fight, pick each other up when they stumble, fall in love…anything is possible at the end of the world.
The First Days came highly recommended by so many bloggers that I thought I had a guaranteed five-star book on my hands! By the time I realized The First Days wasn’t going to get any better, I was far enough along in it that I decided to just finish the damn thing. While I found certain concepts intriguing, overall The First Days was a chaotic mess; the relationships felt forced and undeveloped, the characterization was disorganized and slightly baffling, and the writing was overly pedantic.
One of the biggest reasons I almost didn’t finish The First Days was because of the writing style. While I didn’t always mind that the most minute of details were given attention, I wouldn’t have been surprised if I had been told what color/type of underwear Katie put on daily, what bothered me the most was how repetitive the dialogue was. [Read more…]